Report By: Nina Rai
OTTA, 23 Aug, 2012
Having waited for 100 years, the denizens of a central Norwegian town are now looking forward with bated breath to seeing what is inside a mysterious parcel, which has been left, unopened since 1912.
The sealed and bound three kilogram parcel was in possession of the then mayor of Sel, Johan Nygaard who had made it clear on the parcel that it should "be opened in 2012," the Local reports. It is 40 cms long, 28 cms wide, and nine cms deep with its seal never ever been broken.
The parcel managed to remain intact even during two world wars. It almost got chucked out twice during cleaning operations, once in the 1950’s and another in the 1980s. The township of Sel is planning on opening the package tomorrow Friday, Aug 24, 2012.
Mayor Nygaard is understood to have kept the parcel with himself for some years, after which he transferred it to council authorities for safe-keeping in 1920. Since then the package is lying at the Gudbrandsdal Museum. Successive local administrations have chosen to comply with Nygaard’s request of not opening it till 2012.
“We haven’t the faintest idea what’s inside,” said Kjell Voldheim, a worker at the Gudbrandsdal Museum where the parcel is held. “It’s going to be incredibly exciting. We have fantasized a lot about what it might contain. The council has expressed a desire for it to contain a sheaf of oil shares that could help the municipality,” added Voldheim.
Voldheim and another dignitary will be opening the mysterious parcel on Friday, thereby finally unraveling the century-old secret. It is proposed to be opened at Otta, the municipality’s administrative capital. It is the time when the town will be commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Battle of Kringen.
Way back in 1612, farmers in the scenic Gudbrandsdal valley managed to successfully thwart a band of Scottish mercenary soldiers, even as war raged between Sweden and a joint Danish-Norwegian army. So when in 1912, the fact that Mayor Nygaard sealed the parcel as the region marked the 300th anniversary of that historic battle could well give a hint as to the contents of the package.
Kjell Voldheim speculated that the parcel might contain historical documents, while the town council hopes it contains a "sheaf of oil shares" beneficial to the community. "Or maybe it's the Blue Star diamond from the Titanic, which sank in 1912," Voldheim joked.
Dag-Erik Pryhn, the present mayor of Sel conceded that he was excited at the prospect of finding out about his predecessor’s secret. “Even the way he delivered it suggests that he himself, at that time, thought it was valuable,” opined Pryhn.
One redditor made an interesting suggestion: “Inside the box is a smaller box labeled 'open in another hundred years.'”
Meanwhile, don't miss the opening ceremony of the event which will be broadcast live at 7pm GMT on Verdens Gang Online.
Source: Fox News/Verdens Gang Nett
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